3D/2N Backpacking Santorini Without A Tour (Part 2) : Double Deluxe Room At Central Fira Hotel

        My sister and I came upon this hotel by chance as we were looking for a place to spend the night in Fira town. We met a friendly, local couple on the street who kindly pointed out the hotel to us. As it was late, dark and we were tired, we did not want to waste time looking for other hotels or hostels in the area, thus we settled for a night's stay at Central Fira Hotel, Santorini.

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A Luxury Boutique Hotel In The Heart Of Fira – Central Hotel Fira

        Honestly, we did not think much when we entered the hotel to enquire for an available room for the night. I did not Google or do any research about the hotel beforehand either. All I know was the hotel looked decent and the price was affordable (I requested for the cheapest room available).

        As I was dying to get a room, have a hot shower, go to bed early, and be well rested for the next day, the moment Ulysses (the friendly and helpful night shift staff at the hotel’s reception) told us that there was an available room for us, I instantly took the offer without any hesitations.

        The check-in process was fast and easy. We were required to produce our passports for identification and record purposes. When making a payment, cash is preferred but credit cards are accepted as well. As stated at the reception counter, depending on the season, a night in the double deluxe room costs:

        Because it was a last minute, walk-in booking, I managed to get a discounted price for the room at €70 with breakfast for two. Online booking with the hotel's website, Booking.com, Agoda.com, etc will get you about the same price, again depending on the season the booking is made. After the payment was made, Ulysses handed our room key and showed us to our double deluxe room (No.5).

        He then gave a brief explanation on how to operate the air conditioner/heater and shower in the room and how to get out/in the hotel after 10.00pm. Fyi, the hotel’s reception is open from 8am – 10.00pm only with the exception of late check-ins. A contact number (+30 6930047965) is provided in case we needed anything after reception hours. After that, he bid us good night and went home to rest.

A Comfortable & Good Night’s Sleep In The Double Deluxe Room

        What I love about our room is its minimalist décor – simple, modern and sleek. The room was beautiful, spacious and clean. Our large king-size, anatomical double bed was snug and cosy! We simply love it to bits! There is a small window above the bed for ventilation, but no view of the caldera or the sea. We were fine with that because we only wanted a comfortable place to sleep.

        Besides the bed, there is a large wardrobe for us to hang our clothes and a safety deposit box for us to keep our belongings safe. Clean towels, bathrobes and slippers were also provided. There is a dressing table, a clothes rack, satellite TV, mini bar, a phone, and a hairdryer too. The air-conditioner in the room also functions as a heater to warm up the room during cold months and chilly nights.

        The bathroom is amazingly spacious and clean with the best shower, without a shower curtain! Talk about being sexy! ;-) Yves Rocher luxury toiletries were provided to our surprise. Fresh fruits and two bottles of chilled mineral water are complimentary. There is excellent WiFi throughout the building and in the room. It was not long before my sister and I got cosy on the bed and dozed off with happy thoughts of the adventures that await us the next day.

Our large king-size, anatomical double bed in the double deluxe room at Central Fira Hotel, Santorini

Our double deluxe room at Central Fira Hotel, Santorini 

A large wardrobe, bathrobes and a safety deposit box in the double deluxe room, Central  Fira Hotel

The spacious and clean bathroom of the double deluxe room, Central Fira Hotel

Towels and Yves Rocher luxury toiletries are provided in the bathroom of the double deluxe room, Central Fira Hotel

The well-stocked mini bar in the double deluxe room, Central Fira Hotel

The well-stocked mini bar in the double deluxe room, Central Fira Hotel

The dressing table in the double deluxe room, Central Fira Hotel

Complimentary fresh fruits for the double deluxe room hotel guests, Central Fira Hotel

A Generous & Scrumptious Greek Breakfast Buffet

        We woke up early in the morning to have our breakfast which was served from 7am – 9am. We were expecting a simple breakfast of coffee/tea, toast with butter and jam, some cereals and fresh fruits, but we were blown away by the sight of the generous breakfast spread!

        For our drinks, we had a choice of fresh milk, fresh orange juice, coffee and a variety of teas! For food, we had a choice of scrambled eggs, sausages, boiled egg, freshly baked bread, slices of ham, cheese, sweet cherry tomatoes, Greek yoghurt, croissants, honey, dried nuts and fruits, cakes, cereals, and fresh fruits.

        Both my sister and I had a very satisfying breakfast that morning. The honey – the nectar of the Gods was the best I have ever tasted; that is how real honey supposed to taste! Not forgetting the Greek yoghurt. Mmm…it was delicious! I have to say, Greek breakfast is the best! After having a good meal, we went up to the roof to soak up some sunlight, but a young couple was already there. We decided to give them some privacy and went back to our room instead.

The path to the breakfast/kitchen area, Central Fira Hotel

The path to the rooftop area, Central Fira Hotel

The breakfast area of Central Fira Hotel, Santorini

Simple décor of blue and white, Central Fira Hotel 

Fresh fruits, dried nuts and fruits, honey, Greek yoghurt, jams, and slices of cakes for breakfast, Central Fira Hotel

Cereals for breakfast, Central Fira Hotel

An assortment of snacks for breakfast, Central Fira Hotel

A variety of teas for brewing, Central Fira Hotel

Freshly baked bread, croissants, slices of ham and cheese, etc for breakfast - Central Fira Hotel

A serving of scrambled eggs, sausages, slices of ham, cherry tomato and cheese with a glass of fresh orange juice for breakfast - Central Fira Hotel

A bowl of crispy dried banana slices served with an assortment of nuts and raisins, drizzled with honey <3

A bowl of cereals served with milk, a dollop of Greek yoghurt, a sprinkle of sunflower seeds, and drizzled with honey <3

In A Nutshell

        My sister and I were very happy with our stay at Central Fira Hotel and will not hesitate to stay there again next time. Check-out was before 12pm. During our check-out, we met Kristina (the friendly and helpful morning shift staff at the hotel’s reception) who gave us some sightseeing and travelling tips around the island. We bid good bye and excitedly made our way to the local bus’ central bus station in Fira that was a stone’s throw away from the hotel.

The corridor connecting the rooms to the reception area in Central Fira Hotel, Santorini

A smiley Kristina at the reception of Central Fira Hotel, Santorini

The entrance of Central Fira Hotel, Santorini

Beautiful Cycladic architecture in Fira, Santorini

Central Fira Hotel is located beside Pelican Hotel - Fira town, Santorini

Central Fira Hotel
Address: Fira, 84700, Santorini, Greece
Phone: 0030 22860 36237
Fax: 0030 22860 36237
E-mail: info@centralfirahotel.gr

Up next: Our scenic local bus ride journey from Fira to Oia, Santorini – Of the caldera, steep cliffs, narrow roads, Cycladic architecture, and the Aegean ocean

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